KLCR, the student-led radio station of Loras College, will begin broadcasting again in mid-March. Xavier Sanchez (’20) has spearheaded the effort to relaunch the dormant radio station, starting with an initial conversation with Paul Kohl, professor of media studies and moderator of KLCR, in March 2017.
“We sat down and talked about what we needed to do to get to the point where we could be up and running,” Sanchez said. “Waiting for the technology is hard and I wish we could do more, but we are getting there.”
According the Kohl, when they first looked into broadcasting again, they found the website was no longer around and much of the technology is still being upgraded.
KLCR’s origins date back to the 1960s when it operated under the call letters KLOR. It ran consistently for many years but went silent a couple of times, most recently two years ago.
“Since 1995, since I took over, it has been regularly run by small groups of students, some more enthusiastic than others, until no one was interested in keeping it running,” Kohl said.
The new launch now has at least 13 students involved in getting the broadcasts back on the air.
According to Sanchez, the station will primarily run music mixed with student conversation to begin with, as well as sports talk radio on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Broadcasts will run from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and for a short period on Saturday mornings.
The new KLCR will run only through online streaming at www.kclr.org.